Sort file:- Bromley, November, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 26 November, 2022.


Earliest 1746-

White Hart

Closed 1960s

138-140 High Street


White Hart painting

Above painting by Janet Simpson.

White Hart sketch

Above sketch, date unknown.

White Hart 1902

Above photo 1902 showing notice of impending demolition for street widening in the shop window. Kindly sent by Brinley Hawkins.

White Hart 1903

Above photo circa 1903, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Hart and Forester 1905

Above postcard, postmarked 1905. Also showing the "Forester."

White Hart

Above photo, date pre 1902.

White Hart

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Brinley Hawkins.

White Hart

Above photo, date unknown.

White Hart 1905

Above photo 1905, kindly sent by James Fribbins.

White Hart 1947

Above painting, 1947. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Hart 1950s

Above postcard circa 1950s.

White Hart 1961

Above postcard, 1961.


It appears from the above photo the premises was also a Posting House which in its heyday could accommodate up to 100 horses standing outside waiting for trade.

Further research has shown a mention of it from the Morning Post of 30 June 1806.

The premises had a cricket ground behind it. On the right were the stables later to become a garage where you could hire cars from from James Young and Co. On the extreme right were the premises of Mr. Albion Russell and Sons, bootmakers.

The original building was rebuilt in about 1826, when the front which formerly stood close to the road was set back 28 feet; both sides of the house being circular a good carriage drive was formed, and the obstructions previously experienced entirely removed.

There is a reference to the pub hosting a cricket match between Bromley and Chislehurst v. Addington to be played on 26 May 1746 in the ' Daily Advertiser ' of 17 may 1746.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Saturday 26 June 1869.


On Monday, W. Wilson and Anne Hooper were charged at Mr. Lattor's Office, Bromley, before Coles Child, Esq., with stealing a piece of bacon, a piece of cheese, and a pocket handkerchief, the property of James Venness. The property was left by the prosecutor in the "White Hart Tap," lying in a basket, and whilst he went out to prisoners walked in and stole its. Information was given to P.S. Tipton., who went in pursuit, and found them at the "Railway Tavern," close to the station, in the tap room, cooking the stolen bacon. Both prisoners were remanded.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 25 September, 1874.

The Fatal Accident to a Coachman.

On the evening of Thursday, 17th inst., Mr. C. J. Carttar, coroner, at the "White Hart Hotel," Bromley, held an inquest on the body of Henry Lane, coachman to Sir David Lionel Salomons, Bart., who was killed on the preceding day by being thrown from a trap.

From the evidence it appeared that the deceased was driving in a light dog cart from London to his master's residence, and when passing the College he came in contact with another vehicle, and was thrown into the road, by which he sustained severe concussion of the brain, in addition to other injuries. He was removed to the cottage hospital in an insensible state, and he died shortly after midnight. It was elicited that the person who was driving the vehicle with which the deceased came into collision drove off immediately after the accident, and the enquiry was adjourned to give the police an opportunity of finding out the person referred to.

The adjourned inquest was held at the "White Hart Hotel," on Tuesday evening, when several witnesses were examined, and from their evidence it appeared that the deceased's trap came into collision with an egg van, belonging to Mr. John Kitely, of Woolwich, which was being driven towards Southend. The deceased was driving at a sharp trot on the wrong side of the road, which was shown by the step of the dog cart being bent, and the effect of the collision was that the lighter cart was thrown completely over, and the deceased fell on his head. A large crowd soon assembled and Mr. Kitely, finding that he could render no assistance, drove on.

Dr. Beeby, who tendered the deceased at the Cottage Hospital, said that death was caused by a fracture of the skull, and a verdict of accidentally killed was returned.


I am informed by Maria Wilson that the pub was closed some time in the 1960s and has since been demolished and replaced by a typical 1960s building that was occupied by Littlewoods.


White Hart location 1970s

Above photo, showing the location, 1970s.



PAWLEY William 1832-41+ (age 38 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

JONES John 1841+ (age 53 in 1841Census) (White Hart Tap.)

LOWNDS William 1858-83+ (age 52 in 1871Census)

CLAESSENS Leon 1918+

FEWELL W R 1930+

OVER H M 1938+


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34



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